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Architecture Academics

DoArch promotes and manages a healthy learning culture for students, faculty and staff, providing an environment of respect, engagement and discovery. The balance of work, school and life and the development of good time management skills is important and promotes success in young professionals. Faculty are kept aware of their individual workload expectations, process for annual reviews, bylaws that govern applicable units, criteria for measuring tenure and promotion, and more, through regular faculty meetings and departmental communication. The Studio Culture Policy discusses the importance of time management skills and strongly encourages the rational use of time to consciously develop good work habits.  

Incoming Students

Transfer Students


At SDSU, initial evaluation of undergraduate transfer credits is managed through the admissions office. Likewise, a student in good standing within the university can change majors and transfer into the architecture program.

Transfer Student Admission and Transfer Pre-Evaluation Form

  • Every student who transfers into the B.F.A. in Architecture degree program is evaluated by the Department Head and professional advisor using the Transfer Pre-Evaluation form.
  • Individual courses are evaluated by the teaching discipline on a course-by-course basis unless there is a transfer or articulation agreement already established between institutions.
  • Students may challenge for transfer credit by portfolio or petition for equivalency for architecture coursework. In this process, students submit a record that should include course syllabi, work samples, lecture documentation and note-taking, and completed assignments.
  • For professional level undergraduate course transfers, both the course objectives AND requisite NAAB student performance requirements have to be evident.


  • Candidates admitted to the Master of Architecture degree program are reviewed through a transfer evaluation form to verify that professional program pre-requisites have been met.
  • Evaluation is made by the graduate program coordinator and academic advisor. Equivalency in non-architecture courses are evaluated by the department administering the course.
  • Students may challenge for transfer credit by portfolio or petition for equivalency for architecture coursework.
  • For professional level courses, both the academic objectives and requisite NAAB student performance requirements have to be evident in the record supplied by the student for approval of equivalency. 

Graduate Admissions Information

No advanced standing in graduate level professional ARCH courses is permitted. All 45 credit hours of required ARCH-prefix graduate courses must be completed at SDSU. The required graduate elective (3 credits), upon approval by the teaching discipline and the graduate school, may be transferred from another institution.